Upgrading MBP ram

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Fouracre44, Jun 11, 2012.

  1. Fouracre44, Jun 11, 2012
    Last edited: Jun 11, 2012

    Fouracre44 macrumors regular

    Jun 6, 2012
    Hi guys,

    Looking to purchase a 2011 refurb MBP model ( yes I am aware that the new mbps are out this morning ) if I wanted to upgrade the ram, what ram should I be looking at, and should it be apple ram ( which I'm assuming is heavily overpriced ) or third party Ram?

    Any idea, would be great guys!

    Thanks heaps


    Also if I choose to purchase applecare for this product? Can I still get it later down the track ( within the first year of warranty but say 6 months down the line?)
  2. Astroboy907 macrumors 65816


    May 6, 2012
    Spaceball One
    Isnt the ram for the 2011s 1600mhz, DDR3? Just my guess. Use crucials system scanner to tell for your system (crucial.com)

    RAM does not have to be apple, but I recommend crucial or OWC, some say newegg is great too.

    What are you getting, a late or early 2011?
  3. pingfan59 macrumors member

    Aug 9, 2011
    depends on which 2011 model you choose as I believe some had different max ram upgrades based on the processor speed.

    I have the early 2011 MBP 2.2ghz and chose the kingston kyperX 1600mhz 8gb ram. Works great for mine. OWC has 16gb ram for the 2011 mbp at $162 currently.


    all have had good reviews


    I think some of the 2011 mbps depending on the processor were able to utilize the 1600mhz while others were not from what I have read. My system worked with the 1600mhz, others were not so lucky.
  4. Fouracre44 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 6, 2012
    My apologies guys, the refurb model i am looking at in particular is this


    I'd like to upgrade the ram down the line!

    Thanks guys,

    Just wondering the benefits of third party ram, and what ram ? I would probably use kingston or something..



    Thanks for the informative reply, late october 2011 refurb! Would be great to know if I could utilise 1600mhz.
  5. Astroboy907, Jun 11, 2012
    Last edited: Jun 11, 2012

    Astroboy907 macrumors 65816


    May 6, 2012
    Spaceball One
    Nope, sorry, best to stick with 1333 mhz... Edit! Your model apparently supports 1600 mhz, but you probably wont notice any speed differences...

    !!Edit (again) ALL the RAM i posted is 1333. Disregard if you want...!!

    This ram will work (http://www.crucial.com/store/partspecs.aspx?IMODULE=CT2KIT102464BF1339) $160, and will max out your system (almost. It can support 32gb, but those arent on the market yet)

    Heres one from newegg ($95) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233217

    3rd party RAM = Cheap.

    Basically, any RAM will do, as long is it is the right spec. 3rd party ram is the same as other RAM, you are just paying basically for support. Some brands do though have a higher failure/DOA rates than others, just read reviews before you buy.

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